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Tell Congress: Support vital funding for international and domestic conservation.

Tell Congress: We can’t wait another year.

From the plight of vulnerable species in the wild to the transmission of zoonotic diseases that grow into pandemics, our planet is facing crises like never before. As we watch Earth's last remaining wild spaces fall to destruction and development, the U.S. cannot stand idly by.

That's why two bills currently on the table in Congress—the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Act (SFOPS) and the Interior and the Environment Appropriations Act (Interior)—are of such importance. These bills support increased funding for programs including the USAID Biodiversity and Sustainable Landscapes programs, the Green Climate Fund, and the Multinational Species Conservation Fund, key sources of global conservation. The Interior bill also includes the America the Beautiful initiative, a groundbreaking plan to conserve at least 30% of the nation's lands and waters by 2030. Unfortunately, this essential initiative is already facing major opposition in Congress.

Please tell your Representative today: Push to include vital funding for conservation programming in FY2022 appropriations legislation, and oppose efforts to block funding for the America the Beautiful initiative. When you fill out your personal information below, we'll send the following letter to your representative on your behalf.

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Include funding for conservation programming in FY2022 appropriations
Dear Member of Congress,

As your constituent and a supporter of the Wildlife Conservation Society, I am writing to urge you to pass final appropriations bills for FY22 that provide critically-needed increases for international conservation programs in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Act (SFOPS), the Interior and the Environment Appropriations Act (Interior) and the Commerce, Justice Science Appropriations Act (CJS). Saving biodiversity, stopping deforestation, halting climate change and preventing pandemics can’t wait another year to be front and center in the federal budget.

As passed in the House and proposed in the Senate, both the SFOPS and Interior bills contain important funding increases to U.S. programs--including the USAID Biodiversity and Sustainable Landscapes programs, the Green Climate Fund, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s International Affairs program, Multinational Species Conservation Fund, and the Global Environment Facility--that provide critical resources to tackle the biodiversity, pandemic, and climate crises. These programs also conserve vulnerable species in the wild, strengthen ecological integrity, support prevention of pandemics of zoonotic origins, halt land conversion contributing to climate change, and protect the rights of Indigenous peoples. Also important for domestic conservation is the National Marine Sanctuary program in the CJS bill, which is responsible for managing Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Monuments.

Given the important increases in the bills proposed by the House and Senate, it is critical that final appropriations bills be passed by Congress before the end of the year. A long-term continuing resolution, which would fund all of these programs at the FY21 level, would undercut U.S. government commitments to tackling species extinctions, climate change and deforestation, and pandemics. Abandoning months of hard work from appropriators and other Members in both bodies for a full-year continuing resolution could reverse the gains of the current Administration in returning to a leadership role on the global stage.

Nature is critical to the health and welfare of all Americans, and natural solutions supported by U.S. programs can serve a key role in resolving the environmental crises that we face. As Congress moves forward on appropriations for FY22, I urge you to ensure that funding for these international and domestic conservation programs remains strong. Thank you for your consideration of these requests.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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